Grammatical and Lexical Variance in English

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Routledge, Sep 19, 2014 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 230 pages
Written by one of Britain's most distinguished linguists, this book is concerned with the phenomenon of variance in English grammar and vocabulary across regional, social, stylistic and temporal space.
 

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Contents

the global context
1
Chapter 2 Variance and the concept of good usage
10
Chapter 3 Language varieties and standard language
21
Chapter 4 Language spread and language variation
32
nature and art
42
Chapter 6 Orwell and language engineering
55
a tribute to Jespersen
63
Chapter 8 A case study of multiple meaning
78
Chapter 12 Grammatical data by elicitation
129
Chapter 13 A problem of modality
140
Chapter 14 Acceptability experiments in spoken English
145
Chapter 15 A tough object to trace
157
Chapter 16 Activating latent contrasts
161
Chapter 17 Contrasts in lexical semantics
172
Chapter 18 Aspect and variant inflexion
192
sex and a single verb
207

Chapter 9 Nonfinite clauses in Chaucer
93
Chapter 10 On having a look in a corpus
113
Chapter 11 The Survey of English Usage and adverbial realisations
120

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